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Phil Lesh and Friends Live at Warfield Theater on 2004-12-17

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Phil Lesh and Friends Live at Warfield Theater on 2004-12-17

Topics Live concert

December 17, 2004
Warfield Theater
San Francisco, CA


Set 1:
1) ~*The Times They Are A Changin' (music from behind closed curtain, * standing on the balcony)
2) +Cosmic Charlie
3) Althea (Chris vocals)
4) ~*+Everybody Wants Somebody To Love
5) ~%Lay It All On Me
6) ~Next Time You See Me
7) *High Time (Phil vocals, no Chris)
8) *Sugaree (Chris vocals)

Set 2:
1) *%$Shakedown Street>
2) *%Candyman>
3) +Viola Lee Blues
4) ~+The Seven
5) +*Wharf Rat>
6) ~Wicked Messenger (CR on harp)>
7) ~#What's Become Of The Baby (Phil vocal, no Jimmy)>

1) ~*+^Drifting Too Far From The Shore (no Chris, * on balcony)>
2) Caution (Chris vocals)>
3) $Hard To Handle>
4) *The Other One (Phil vocals)>
5) *+Fire On The Mtn (Chris vocals)
6) E: Donor Rap/Band Intros
7) +A Little Piece For You (no Chris)
8) +^$Reuben & Cherise

~1st time played

The band is
Phil Lesh (bass, vocals)
John Molo (drums)
Jimmy Herring (electric guitar, @acoustic guitar)
Chris Robinson (vocals)
Barry Sless (guitar, %pedal steel)
Steve Molitz (keyboards)
*Gloria Jones (vocals), Jackie LaBranch (vocals)
+Tim Carbone (violin)
^John Skehan (mandolin)
$Dave Ellis (tenor sax), Kevin (trumpet), Marty (trombone)

CDs mastered by Wizard

CD covers can be found at

Big thanks to all the mirror sites

Collection PhilLeshandFriends
Band/Artist Phil Lesh and Friends
Venue Warfield Theater
Location San Francisco, CA

Source DSBD - Official Release from (CDs mastered by Wizard)
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Source: DSBD - Official Release from (CDs mastered by Wizard)


Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 18, 2013
Subject: --
What a glorious mess this thing is - usually lacking in that complete mathematical precision typical of so many Phil shows - sounds under-rehearsed....but then they bust out that "Baby", and man, oh man! So take the great with a dose of slop and's an amazing concoction.

As far as whether or not Phil can sing...yeah, listen to those old Ramble on Rose 's from 71-72 - he's the one on the high vocals during the chorus. Then there's the American Beauty "Box of Rain" -before be blew his voice out the man harmonized wonderfully. When he started singing his own numbers again in the 80s he had this Boris Karloff swagger he's never really been able to shake - *although*, my friends, it's clear he's undertaken efforts to get better - just listen to "What's Become of the Baby". He hits every single enunciation Jerry evoked on AoxomoxoA, and the tender, haunting way he handles the chorus....I tell you, if this won't convince the doubting Thomases out there that Phil can't sing, nothing will.

The show itself: first set is short, loose, choppy, coming together on Everybody Needs Somebody like gangbusters. But it's clear that some vocal tweaking is needed - Jaclyn and Gloria have to carry Times They Are A-Changin' almost completely by themselves (which they do well!)

Set 2 is an absolute explosion - nothing in the first set will prepare you for the disco dynamite of Shakedown - I swear, you almost expect to see a hologram Travolta materialize in your living room. The Viola > Seven > Viola is positively orgasmic.

What's Become of the Baby is, I think, one of the most important songs in the Dead canon. Very few others, with the exception of Rosemary, capture the raw essence of psychedelic folklore the way this one does (those nitrous-infused lyrics, in case you never knew what they were: Now, the Dead family never were ones to hang around the drone-Floyd wing of the psychedelic music arena, but they go there here, and Phil handles this thing so PERFECTLY you can tell the majority of the rehearsals must have gone into this thing (compare that delicate but crumbling bridge in Wharf Rat!). Phil GETS IT with this legend of a song, and does it right, uncompromisingly, without rhythm, 17-some minutes. It really is astonishing stuff.

To follow with a religious hymn, and then Caution > Hard to Handle is so perfect. They close the show out back on that somewhat shaky ground, but to soar to the heights they do On Viola and (see above) is more than I normally would ever ask for from Phil or anyone else in this post-Dead era.

In the end, there are 14 musicians and 190 minutes of music. Phil haplessly tries to introduce the band (a hoot). And then - Reuben? Sung by Chris R? Bring it on, yo!
Reviewer: ladnarc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 1, 2013
Subject: CD covers?
Hey folks,
I'm looking for the CD covers for these free DSBDs from December 17,18,19 / 2004. If anybody knows where I can find them or has them and can e-mail me it would be much appreciated. And no they aren't at anymore.

Reviewer: Zaorish - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2013
Subject: Just love it.
PLF is what Grateful Dead should have been. All the wonderful songs and long jamming sessions that you love, but with far better sound mastery, better quality instruments, overall a much lusher and more integrated sound.

This show is amazing, particularly the sugaree, althea, and fire. Download this whole set.
Reviewer: jjf47 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 18, 2012
Subject: Great Phil Show!!!
Really enjoyed "What's Become of the Baby?" A real blast from the past. And the Pig numbers, wow, "Caution," "Next Time You See Me," and "Hard to Handle"! What can an old deadhead say but thank you, Phil, and keep on keeping on!!!
Reviewer: Dear Mr. Fantasy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2012
Subject: QUIT BEING JERKS!!!!!!!!!!!
I also feel that people, listeners or whomever should just enjoy what Phil And Friends play and sing. Shut the hell up if you can't say something nice about any of the musicians and singers. It's wonderful that the man is still doing what he obviously loves to do---simple as that.
Reviewer: ontheAT - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 6, 2012
Subject: perspective
To ANYONE who has a single critical thing to say about this or any Phil show.....One of these days Phil is gonna be gone (he won't live to 120 ya know) and his free SBD's and beautiful spirit will be gone with him and we'll all be much poorer for it. Stop nitpicking! All these musicians are special, whether you like 'em or not. This music is VERY special. I have many hours of great music to enjoy every day because Phil is generous enough to share it like this. I for one don't have the money to buy it most of the time and I am quite appreciative of the priviledge. Thank you Phil Lesh and God bless you!
Reviewer: moonshinemagic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 22, 2009
Subject: Grateful
A good aquaintance of mine kicked down a ticket to me a few days before the show, we headed down to the city from West Sonoma County, and WOW!!! I passed by David Nelson in one of the main isles and knew this was gonna be a good one, like a big private party...I am and always will be so Grateful to have attended...The few moments that stand out are the Sugaree, seemed to be really rockin', a very appropriate and solid Hard to Handle, and a rare and very sweet, Reuben and Cherise....YAY, Wow, YahOO...Thank You for a REAL GOOD TIME...
Reviewer: Pulver@Noyo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 6, 2009
Subject: No Warren?
Aw, shucks. Hey, folks, how 'bout that Sound Jester character? Is he just the biggest dick or what? Sheesh, what a buzz kill. Don't like it, don't listen, I say. Personally, I like Warren just fine, especially when it's him and Jimmy tradin' licks and can't hear the 80's White Snake connection, no matter how hard I try.

Great show, well done fellers! SBD for the masses? Automatic 5'er.
Reviewer: BoPs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 15, 2008
Subject: just phenominal on all accounts
everything about this is perfection

god bless phil lesh and thank you!

whats become of the baby = AMAZING
Reviewer: maximusprime - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 16, 2007
Subject: wow!!!!
somehow i had overlooked these shows when they happened... but recently i've had an insatiable yearning for the music of Railroad Earth and they were talking about these gigs in Relix...
i'm blown away!! not only are these shows HOT but Phil is giving them away for free-- cd covers and all! what beautiful, deep, colorful, and complicated music...
and anyone dissing Phil-- well, i doubt you ever saw the Grateful Dead! or maybe you were a 1995 gatecrasher-- no one who has decades of appreciation for this music really cares what you have to say!!
i'm so thankful that Phil is still so inspired to do new things with these songs he's been playing for years and years... he has taken the music of the Dead into the next century... forward, positive, intelligent, and STILL fun to dance to!!
Reviewer: Click flash blade in ghetto night - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 5, 2007
Subject: show sounds incredible
the energy is indescribable. the intangible things that happen when phil, herring, molo and crew are on stage. herring has proved himself to be the best guitarist alive imo. i was hesitant to download any phil without the quintet, but this is some serious shit.
Reviewer: cavebears - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 8, 2007
Subject: ALTHEA
Five stars for Althea. Listening to the Bertha remaster of this tune right now.
Reviewer: fatchunky - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 22, 2006
Subject: Ups and Downs
This is a unique show. The Shakedown is good, then followed by the Candyman which was hard to listen too. The Viola-Seven-Viola is "The" best jam Ive heard from P&F or the Dead. Everyone should listen to the transitions several times to see what a great job the band did on this night. Almost a year and a half later, I'll still listen to The Seven Jam over and over. Thanks Phil. Lets keep the board positive guys. Its just music
Reviewer: brainfunk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 8, 2006
Subject: not garcia's songs
i dont see why people care if phil plays dead songs anyways most dead songs weren't wrote by any of them anyways but were actually wrote by robert hunter
Reviewer: MOEron245 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 8, 2005
Subject: frointbum is stupid
yoo frontbum you dont know what your taoking about...its grateful dead not greatful dead and i guess you never heard weir or garcia sing cause both of them are very vocal...and i think phil lesh has a cool voice
Reviewer: DEADBUCK - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 7, 2005
Subject: Hey Mrs Weir
Phil is offering it up to his fans with what I call unconditional love...and it doesnt fade doooooooooooozch bag!
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 22, 2005
Subject: Sorry guys...
I am a huge Phil fan but I do not agree this is a 5 star show. There are some killer jams as it picks up steam. Caution>Hard to Handle are ridiculous...
Reviewer: PRSlove - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 27, 2005
Subject: guitars!
Incredible guitar work by Barry and Jimmy! Holy Shit! great Garcia frills and stacattos holy cow. This guitar work pays homage to the man behind the music.A+
Reviewer: PRSlove - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 27, 2005
Subject: guitars!
Incredible guitar work by Barry and Jimmy! Holy Shit! great Garcia frills and stacattos holy cow. This guitar work pays homage to the man behind the music.A+
Reviewer: frontbum - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 11, 2005
Subject: to the sound jester..
Poor opinion of Warren Hayens.Why do you think Phil would have Warren playing with him if he was'nt cheesy,have you looked at Phil?Warrens voice may be white snake 80's but....have you listened to Phils voice?One thing is for sure is the Greatful Dead were not a band because of there great vocal abilities.Yes Kimock may have fit the bill a little better and took it places were Warren could'nt but they were all there for the same reason.The love of music inspired in a greatful dead type way.If you listen to this show and any other of Phils shows they all have moments created buy differant musicans on stage.We are all differant ,so is Warren.
Reviewer: ratfriend - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 31, 2005
Subject: great run
was never a big fan of P+F with Warren, new lineup including brass, strings makes this a great run - all three nights are great
Reviewer: lewisg - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 31, 2005
Subject: re a harsh review
Wow, what a very harsh review. First of all Phil Lesh doesn't go around posing as Jerry Garcia. Second of all if he wants to play Grateful Dead songs, including songs that Jerry wrote, I think he is more than entitled to do so. I think Phil, when playing garcia songs is doing it as tribute to the late guitarist. Keep in mind that Phil played in the grateful dead, those songs are as much a part of him as they were a part of garcia. To judge Phil Lesh as a terrible grateful dead cover band is missing the point entirely. Phil Lesh enjoys the GD songs as much as we like hearing them. We will never relive the magic that a grateful dead show inspires, or feel the magic that was felt when jerry played and sang the songs that touched us, but isn't it nice that the remaining members try to put on a good show and play tunes that we can't really hear live anywhere else?
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Reviewer: skipper 77 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 30, 2005
Subject: Put Rocks book away
Great show, sounds perfect. 5 stars worth the DL!
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Reviewer: Parallax - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 28, 2005
Subject: Living in the present and enjoying
Yes, there were amazing shows when Jerry was playing. We all miss him very much but the living continue to live and celebrate and dance and enjoy. Good music will be played long after the original performers have passed on. It will be interpreted by different artists in different ways. I enjoy the variety and I especially enjoyed this concert because it was put together by a rightious bass player and ex-GD bandmember. One who knows the music intimately and I suspect has an even greater reverence for it's history than you or me. If good people like Phil and Mickey and Bob and others carry on as they are then there's a good chance the music MAY never die.
Reviewer: The Sound Jester - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 11, 2005
Subject: I don't know if it can get better than this!
What a treat!! Great singing, playing! WOW!
Great show, so much better with out Warren's cheesy white snake 1980's voice, and guitar wankin antic's! Warren's playing has become all ego it seems, and it has ruined so many shows. It takes much more talent to run lines like Kimock, or to improv sweet melodies, or even find some groovin rhythm work like Mayfield or Gossard. Haynes, does none of that. Instead of contributing (should I underline that.. CONTRIBUTING) he sounds like he is always trying to dominate. Every solo almost sounds the same, cheesy, with no soul, and over the top(he's just a string bending show off.) He is a second rate white boy blues player, with a completely un-original style. Thank god theres no warren! Finally I can enjoy some of my favorite tunes like they never been done! And thank god
for Chris' pipes, that killer fiddle playin and all the other musicians who make this the best Phil and Phriends show ever (and for me best I've ever heard my favorite songs played!) Why is this not nominated for the jammy's? (sorry about the Warren rant)
Reviewer: factman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 2, 2005
Subject: Best of Run
A week to 10 days before I burned this show, I had an internal CD burner that I hadn't installed yet, a broadband internet connection and bits and pieces of advice from before I started setting everything up, and also a handful of advice along the way.
I first learned of this website last summer in the parking lot of The Dead concert at Blossom. Four or five guys had pulled up next to us, conversation went this way and that, and at least two of them were talking about this mythical place called
Fast-forward to the end of the football season in Pittsburgh. I'd gotten cable for two things: watching the playoffs, and burning CD's. Three things actually; the third being something to kill time with while serving house arrest for a DUI.
Just installing the CD burner was such a nightmare that I almost gave up on it. A friend of mine who manages web domains for the entire state barely knew how to help me over the phone, but he gave me enough threads of info that would ultimately help me over a few roadblocks.
Then I hit the impasse of winzip files. See, if you're as computer illiterate as me, EVERYTHING is an impasse for at least a few hours.
I happen to DJ a "Dead Night" in Pittsburgh, and for the last year I'd been obsessing with getting a good copy of the Dead doing "Devil With The Blue Dress". Naturally the 9.16.87 version was the one I went after, given its proximity to the 9.18.87 show. Once the euphoria of learning all this stuff wore off, it was inevitable I'd need something monumental for a new fix.
I'm assuming these shows weren't out for very long when I found them. I knew I wanted them just by looking at the setlists.
It was with this show that I conquered what I hope is my last obstacle in CD-burning land: decoding FLAC files. When the FLAC front-end started decoding each song in MS-DOS mode, I did what any computer airhead would do: I panicked.
Stopped it, read all the info that came with it, and finally looked at the results of what the front-end had begun doing. It was doing what it was supposed to do, obviously.
I was so pumped when I was listening to this show that I stayed up all night listening to it, and downloading the next two nights. The sound from these shows is simply unreal. It may even be better than the sound from the official 2003 Dead Tour (also done by Wizard). That's redeeming to me, because I fall on the side of the fence that feels 2003 was a mediocre tour because of Joan Osborne.
Everything in the mix from these shows is remarkably transparent. I was so excited during the first listen that when I played a heavy portion of this show the following week at my DJ gig, some things seemed anticlimactic.
Truth be told, the performance is as good as the recording. I don't feel the same about the following two nights. This night, they're focused and loose at the same time.
I've never been a big fan of the Black Crowes, particularly because of Chris Robinson. He absolutely converted me with this performance. Althea and Lay It All On Me were enough to make me think "Maybe I'm being a bit harsh in my opinion of him."
Speaking of opinion, it's only mine, but I think both of the following two nights are pale in comparison, with highlights fewer and farther between. If you had to pick just one of the three nights to download, TAKE THIS ONE.
Reviewer: deserthead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 2, 2005
Subject: Sugaree!!
WOW...this is the finest Sugaree in YEARS! Chris really nails it. Set 1 rocks, especially from EWS>Sugaree, but set 2 nearly enters a state of grace. Phil lays it all out on The Other One, and we get a killer LPFY and Reuben&Cherise (this with sugaree is worth the download alone)! The guys from Railroad Earth take Phil to another P&F lineup I've heard.
Reviewer: bigray69 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 24, 2005
Subject: Love Chris Robinson
For those who love the music but can't stomach Phil's voice, this show, along with the two following nights, is for you. Chris is a perfect addition while the jamming seems better than ever! Can't get enough of this one.
Reviewer: the White Rabbit - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 15, 2005
Subject: Steve Molitz
Steve Molitz is the absolute sickness.
Not only is he Phil's newest 'pal,' but he plays keys for Particle.
If you've never seen Particle in concert, you need to FIX THAT.
Not only are they sick on their own, but Mickey Hart just joined the band . . .
Look out for a five-headed HYDRA this summer . . .
Oh yeah, and this show is SICK.
Reviewer: Terrapinspike - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 27, 2005
Subject: Smokin
I was at this 3 night run, and being their I thought 12-17 was the best of the 3 shows. Jimmy stands out so much more w/out battling Warren and Bobby. This is the best Phil line-up I have seen. Chris sounds great,as well as Sless. I was glad to see Phil put some brass in his band. Cancel the 40th tour and bring me more Phil. See you in Feb.
Reviewer: jeffsetz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 23, 2005
Subject: WOW!!
What a treat to see P& F shows here at the archive.
These Warfield shows absolutely rip and are well worth the downloads. This may be the most interesting P & F lineup so far. Having Barry Sless, RRE and the guy from Particle added to the mix makes for some cosmic moments. Chris Robinson deserves a pat on the back as well.
Reviewer: marindead333 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 21, 2005
Subject: great as always
As always phil does a great job, he always seems to bring in the talent again and again. I must say, however that chris's voice is to whiny for my taste. Bring back warren who is a much better vocalist and can play great as well. Jimmy sounds great on his own along with the other guests.
Reviewer: johnny rotten - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 17, 2005
Subject: Thank You Phil!!
Shows were incredible. I was really impressed with Molitz, for bringing the heavy funk and organ, and leaving the techno sound at home. Didnt think he had it in him. Really showed his roots. He made the Shakedown. Thanks guys!!
Reviewer: borndead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 16, 2005
Subject: Phils good to me
This had to be a good time.
Where are all the reviews from people who were there?
Why did I miss these?
Whats next for this band?
Now I will need the Portsmouth '02 set with Bob and Billy.
Also the Fox show [8.1.02] before the renunion.
All of these shows I will need to sound like this.
Thanks archive again.
Chris is a nice choice for vocals,he should come out for Dead tour this summer!
Reviewer: Bobby T - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 16, 2005
Subject: THANK YOU!
Man...thes are the best of the best. Thank you guys SO MUCH! Thank you PhIl....Looking forward to more Phil and PLQ...Bless the Archive and God Bless Phil Lesh...My hero!
Reviewer: tomo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 15, 2005
Subject: In the words of the kool aid man
Reviewer: qubikino - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 15, 2005
Subject: Viola > The Seven
All three nights of this run were magic, but the highlight of the whole weekend has to be the Viola with Seven jam from Friday. other highlights are a bouncy Althea, the first ever Whats Become of the Baby, and the high level of playing on nearly every tune. Get all three nights.
Reviewer: saved by rock and roll - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 14, 2005
Subject: ya
yes chris singing is terrific. the sound is awesome a must pick up if u have any kind of music taste at all.
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